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05/10/2011
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Hi all,

Just thought that I would let you all know about a few other things that we got up to whilst we where at Lizard Island.

The main walk on the Island is the one up to Cooks Lookout, this is where  on the 12th of August (Macs Birthday) in the year 1770 James Cook climbed to the highest point of Lizard Island (he named it so because the only creatures he saw there where the large monitor lizards that inhabit the island). He climbed up there to try and find a way of getting the Endeavour safely through the outer reef. From the “lookout” he could s

02/10/2011
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Yes I am sure that plenty of people will be surprised to hear that we are this far north, but as we have learnt over the last 10 months sailing. You can never say never!. As most of you know our original plan was to go as far a Townsville and Magnetic Island and then turn around and head south, we must have taken a wrong turn somewhere? We have just been really enjoying the warm weather and pristine waters of Far North QLD, it really has to be seen to be appreciated.  The Islands, Coral Cays and Tongue Reef off Port Douglas where by far the best snorkeling we have had on the trip that was until we got
10/09/2011
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Hi all, We are moored back at the Meridien Marina at Port Douglas after 2 wonderful days on the Great Barrier Reef. As Lauren has told you we spent much of Thursday snorkeling and feeding the fish at Low Isles we then sailed to Snapper Island and spent a slightly rolly night at anchor. First thing in the morning we headed off for Tongue Reef which was around 10 nautical miles away. We followed some new friends we had met Karen and Tony on their cat "Double Shot" as they had been out to this spot before. The wind was very light which made for slow sailing so we ran on
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23/08/2011
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HI all, Well as Lauren has already blogged, we have had a busy couple of weeks from leaving the Whitsunday’s, and getting to Townsville and Magnetic Island. Both places we really enjoyed, the Strand area of Townsville was fantastic; lovely walks along the foreshore, and plenty of activity. Beautiful gardens right near the Marina that is set up as a memorial for all those that fought and especially the  people of our armed forces that died protecting our country and our way of life. It is a great place to spend some time and reflect on just how lucky we are to be living in the Australia that we have!!! We also spent some time looking at the forts on Magnetic Island, again a great reminder of how close the war got to our shores. Seeing the gun stations that sit high on the hills of Mag
01/08/2011
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Hi All,
We have decided to leave to Whitsundays a bit early, the wind has come up and they have been predicting 20 knot SE winds for the next few day so we have headed north, two nights ago we where moored in Nara Inlet at Hook Island had a reasonable night sleep, just a little rolly with the SE winds pushing swell up the inlet. We made the decision around 11am to head north so we sailed out and headed for the Gloucester Passage and our intended anchorage near Mo
29/07/2011
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Hi All,
Well apologies again for the lack of blogging we have been very busy and have spent a lot of time out of mobile phone and internet range. We are currently anchored just of the beach at Airlie. For those of you how know the area we are just between the point where Coral Beach Resort is located and the pools that are located along the foreshore at Airlie Beach. It is currently a bit windy around 15 knots blowing from the east south east and a bit overcas
11/07/2011
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Yep you heard it and we have the pics to prove it.

28/06/2011
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Hi all, We left pancake creek yesterday around 10am and sailed the 30 odd miles to the Gladstone Marina. Although they were predicting strong winds we had a plesent sail in around 15 knots of wind with around a 2 metre follwing sea. Fairly uneventfull trip, but we were glad we listened to the other boaties that we had met in Pancake Creek in regards to the tides as it would be a very rough couple of hours sailing up the channel to Gladstone if you had the tide running out against the incomming swell. We ran with the tide and swell and although a bit rolly is was quite an easy run. Gladstone Marina is a great setup, good facilities, freindly staff and a very safe spot to hide from the 30 knot winds that are outside. We have washed the boat down this morning and are about to head off t
22/06/2011
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Hi All, Just a quick update. We left Bundy on Tuesday and sailed to Lady Musgrave Island, not a bad sail and anchored safely in the lagoon around 3.30pm. Spent the night there and then got  up in the morning and had a bit of a look around the Island. Unfortunately the forecast was looking a bit dodgy so we decided to head for pancake creek. We left around 10am and the first few hours were rough. A strong south westerly swell whipped up by the 15-20 knot winds provided plenty of excitement but we also made good time sailing at over 8 knots. as we approached the coast the wind swung around to the south and then the south east and the sea conditions settled and the last couple of hours into pancake creek was slower but certainly more comfortable. We spent a very peaceful night at anchor (
09/06/2011
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Hi all, As the kids have blogged we are currently moored at the port of Bundaberg marina at Burnett heads, we had a great week inside Fraser Island from feeding the dolphins at Tin Can to the crystal clear waters of Wathumba creek and the majesty of the sand dunes at Sandy Cape. The only down fall was the lack of real wind, we mostly motor sailed but the weather was warm so no real complaints. Unfortunately we are having some issues with our battery charger/inverter. The guys from Charmed City Electrics have been looking after us but so for it does not look good. We have two fried circuit boards and they are currently trying to source new ones. I have been told that they have to come from the states and that they are expensive. (dam!!) So we are looking at other options, a complet
20/05/2011
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To those friends and family that have been checking the web site I apologise for the lack blogs lately, what can I say it has been a hectic few weeks. Firstly we sold our old boat and my Nissan Patrol, we did not get what we wanted but at least they are gone and we have put some much needed funds into the bank. They both went to a lovely family from the NSW central coast and we hope that they enjoy the Searay as much as we did.  That happened on a Thursday the 14th of April and on the Friday a good mate of mine Andre rang me and said that the trip to PNG that he had bee